It is safe to conclude that in the last few years the underground West Coast rap scene has infiltrated the mainstream rap industry in a manner that arguably hasn’t been seen since E-40’s second wind in the 2000s. This has been best exemplified by DJ Mustard’s on-going production hot streak that peaked in 2013 – along with a consistent set of hits from YG (compounded with the release of two critically and commercially successful records.) E-40 has continued his status as an ever-idiosyncratic cult figure in rap culture, but a number of new producers and MCs have successfully translated the sounds of the West to a new generation.
G-Worthy, who released their self-titled EP on Fool’s Gold Records, is made up of rappers G-Perico and Jay Worthy, as well as producer Cardo (all three of which have had especially productive in 2017.) They are just another example of the new Western movement – one that serves as something of a victory lap for the three aforementioned artists. G-Perico continues to reinvigorate the same vintage sounds of G-Funk that he brought on year-end genre contender All Blue, while Jay Worthy shows off the side of his style that is more in debt to the classic West Coast sounds – a side that was not necessarily shown on his still fantastic EP with The Alchemist – Fantasy Island. Cardo meanwhile shows that he is still more than capable of producing G-Funk influenced slappers even as he has branched out of this sound in recent productions for Travis Scott and Dizzee Rascal.
G-Worthy is a breeze to listen to – with each beat pristinely produced and carrying the trademark bounce of G-Funk classics. The two MCs bringing the fantastic vibes they are known for. Even as summer has finally evaded us, G-Worthy is a perfect project to crank with the windows down, and a great way to cap G-Perico, Jay Worthy, and Cardo’s fantastic year.